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Crystal Palace co-chairman frustrated by Johnson failure

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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish, has been left frustrated after a deadline-day attempt to sign Andy Johnson fell-through. 

The Eagles's co-chairman also tried to make a move for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner but the forward was unavailable after Arsenal failed to get Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea. 

According to the London Evening StandardParish felt the deal for Johnson, a former Palace fan-favourite during their last Premier League campaign, was almost done. 

"We thought we had an agreement on the player and a fee agreed but these things are very fraught," said Parish. 

Johnson, who spent four years at Palace, scored 75 goals for the club in 145 appearances. But according to Parish, the striker is happy at Loftus Road for now. 

"I think he's happy to play for QPR - they're a great club - but Palace and Andy's relationship is special, isn't it?", he added. 

The Premier League new-boys hoped to take Johnson on a three-year deal but it didn't happen and they are left relatively thin in the striking department. 

Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner was close to joining Selhurst Park but Arsenal failed to secure a replacement and the move broke-down. 

"Nicklas wanted to come, we had a deal agreed with Arsenal. Maybe we should have got our act together a little bit sooner but we thought Nicklas was going to come to us," he said. 

Ian Holloway's side grabbed their first three points of the season on Saturday but the failure to make additions in the transfer window may need to be rectified in January. 

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